UA students make it to finals of SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards


CW File

Arielle Lipan

UA students are finalists in more than 10 categories for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for collegiate journalists in Region 3. 

Students working for the student publications The Crimson White and Alpine Living and for Alabama Public Radio made it to the final round in categories spanning written prowess and multimedia skills. The University of Alabama was competing against groups from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The final winners will be announced March 24. 

The awards are as follows:

The Crimson White

For breaking news reporting at a large university:

“SGA elections board resigns,” by Will Jones

For general news reporting at a large university:

“Cell phones shed new light on police violence,” by Camille Studebaker

For in-depth reporting at a large university:

The special edition of “College costs: the CW explores the real price of your degree,” with articles by Shahriyar Emami, Will Baggett, Kirstin Carroll and Adam Dodson

For editorial writing (all by the CW Editorial Board):

“Kneeling is not un-American”

“Doug Jones for US Senate”

“UA should have commencement speakers”

For breaking news photography:

“Hunter sets eyes on governing after SGA presidential win,” by Jacob Arthur

For photo illustration at a large university:

“Cell phones shed new light on police violence,” by Kylie Cowden and Jake Stevens

Alpine Living

For a non-fiction magazine article:

“Sea of dreams,” by Matthew Wilson and Mary Katherine Carpenter

For best affiliated web site:

“Alpine Living New Zealand,” with credit to Jonathon Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace Steele

For best use of multimedia:

“Resilient” by Christopher Chase Edmunds, Taylor Armer, Cara Walker and Thomas Joa

Alabama Public Radio

For a radio feature:

“The high cost of sugar” by Miranda Fulmore